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International Conference:
Free European Media 2018

During the post-World War II era, visionary European leaders established institutions and developed conventions that combined media and democracy to keep the peace in Europe. The Council of Europe, the European Union, the OSCE (based on the Helsinki Final Act) all regard media freedom as a fundamental pillar of democracy. Today, in several countries we find that the links between free and pluralistic media and politics are being challenged.

Hate speech and fake news are rife, citizens are getting more and more confused as propaganda undermines the credibility of our news media, and our fundamental values are under attack. Impartial and accurate journalism is under attack.

It is high time to address the importance of uncensored, pluralistic media for the development of our free democracies in Europe.

You are cordially invited to Gdansk, Poland on 15-16 th February 2018, to discuss

  • Media and politics in conflict in Europe
  • Keeping new media and independent journalism free from state control
  • The latest media developments in Poland
  • Pluralism and democracy
  • Legislation and media freedom
  • Ethical standards and self-censorship

Meet and hear Lech Walesa, Pawel Adomowicz, Mariya Gabriel, Basil Kerski, Harlem Désir, Flutura Kusari, Patrick Penninckx, Mogens Blicher Bjerregård and many others from all over Europe.

See all the speakers here.

Looking forward to seeing you at:

“Free European Media” conference, Thursday and Friday, 15–16th February, 2018, 1pm–1pm at the European Solidarity Center (ECS), Gdansk, Poland

  • International cooperation

The Free European Media Conference 2018 is organized by European Federation of Journalists in cooperation with: Council of Europe, Nordic Journalism Centre, European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, International Press Institute, European Federation of Public Service Unions, City of Gdansk, Pomorskie Region and European Solidarity Centre. National partners: SDP (Association of Polish Journalists), SDRP (Journalists’ Association of the republic of Poland) and TD (Society of Journalists).

Also supported by

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), IndustriAll European Trade Union, The European Federation of Building and Wood Workers (EFBWW) and The European Federation of Food, Agriculture, Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) and polennu.dk.


Free European Media Team 2018

Mogens Blicher Bjerregård, President, European Federation of Journalists
Ricardo Gutierrez, General Secretary, European Federation of Journalists
Jens Mørch, Editor-in-Chief, polennu.dk
Lukasz Tamkun, journalist, national and local coordinator
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Press and Media

Representatives from the press, who want to take part in the event covering it, can take part for free. For accreditation we need following info from you:

Name, Media, Mail, Phone, Job (journalist, photographer or?), Media address, Media webpage, Country. Send a mail to gdansk@freeeuropean.media.

Press coordinator during the conference: Lukasz Tamkun, Anna Werenberg and Jens Mørch.